Predicted 2012 final standings:
New England Patriots 13-3
Buffalo Bills 9-7
New York Jets 8-8
Miami Dolphins 6-10
New England Patriots — Tom Brady is the leader of this juggernaut offense and as long as he is under center the Patriots always have a chance at winning. He is surrounded by talented playmakers especially the two walking mismatches in Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. Scoring points offensively want be the Patriots problem. If the defense improves just slightly in overall passing defense from last year I can see the Patriots making a return trip to the Super Bowl in 2012.
Buffalo Bills — Keep an eye on the Bills. They added some big time free agents such as Mario Williams and Mark Anderson to help improve their pass rush on defense. Along with drafting Stephon Gilmore in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft should be an instant upgrade at cornerback. The offense has a nice trio with Ryan Fitzpatrick, Fred Jackson, and Steve Johnson who are capable of scoring points with anyone when they don’t play conservative. The drafting of tackle Cordy Glenn to me was their best overall selection. He will be instrumental in protecting Fitzpatrick’s blindside and opening running lanes for Jackson.
New York Jets – It will be all about the play of quarterback in New York. Mark Sanchez is the incumbent starter and Tim Tebow is the backup. Considering that both guys have passing accuracy issues and New York wants to be a ground and pound ball club. Tebow may be the answer because he makes plays in that style of game. If Sanchez struggles early Tebowmania may kick in. The defense will be solid again as long as head coach Rex Ryan is in the building and Darrelle Revis is revolking memberships to Revis Island.
Miami Dolphins – New head coach, new coaching staff, rookie quarterback, and no proven playmaker in the building at wide receiver has the makings of a long disappointing season. Coach Joe Philbin is laying the ground work for the type of team he wants representing Miami. I can respect that. He seems to have a good vision, but the problem seems to be no one sees it but him. It’s going to take some time Miami fans. Be patient. Ryan Tannehill will be the starter at quarterback and will have some growing pains, but will get valuable on the job training for the future. The combination of Reggie Bush and rookie Lamar Miller could be special. The defense should be solid and has the most talent collectively on either side of the ball. Cameron Wake and Karlos Dansby can make game changing plays.
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